BEFORE CHRIST. Health Minister says it would be easy for COVID-19 to restart and spread

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VICTORIA – British Columbia has reported fewer than two dozen COVID-19 cases in 48 hours, but the provincial health minister warns that it would still be easy for the new coronavirus to restart.

Adrian Dix said at a press conference on Monday that he was tempted to believe that British Columbia has made some progress against COVID-19.

The province has reported 23 new cases of the virus since Saturday and another death. This raises the total number of cases in British Columbia. at 2353 with 130 deaths. The number of people recovered from the virus is 1,719 and there are no new outbreaks in the community.

“We cannot give up. In British Columbia, COVID-19 is not on the run. He is always there, he is always there in all the health authorities, looking for chances to regain the upper hand and we cannot give him a chance “,” warned Dix.

“The risks are too high. Restarting this virus now or a second wave later this year will jeopardize all of our surgical, social and economic renewal plans. “

The provincial government authorizes a partial reopening of British Columbia. savings from May 19, the day after the Victoria Day holiday.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry encouraged patience as we approached the long weekend.

The Vancouver Parks Board said the spaces will remain closed for the next few days due to a decrease in public compliance with physical distance over the past weekend. Many residents went outside as temperatures rose in the mid-1920s, breaking several heat records in the province.

Park council staff have tentatively planned to reopen lots on beaches and parks this week, but will not continue with this plan, he said in a statement.

Henry said next week would be the start of phase 2 of the reopening plan, but people need to be patient and calm, and take the time to think about how they are going to adapt to the activities in what appears to be the new standard.

“A regular stream will be much more efficient than a rushing river that can damage things in its path,” she said.

” Be patient. This is my word for the day, patience. “

She also said health officials are expecting a resurgence of the virus as economies around the world reopen in places like New Zealand, Norway and some Scandinavian countries, as well as Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan .

The parameters used around the 1918 flu pandemic cannot be applied to this new coronavirus because it is not the flu, said Henry.

“So we learn as we go. And absolutely, we are looking at Germany and they are very similar to the approach we are taking and there has been a slight increase and it has been a bit difficult to know exactly why. “

Henry said the plans for British Columbia. to reopen are based on evidence they’ve gathered around the world.

“There are ways that we can sustainably open our economy, our social relationships, without tipping over to this place where we could quickly increase cases again.” “

– By Hina Alam in Vancouver.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 11, 2020.

@ Copyright Squamish Chief



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